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The latest breakthrough in minimally invasive surgical technology involves the use of robotic surgery. The
can also be done using robotic assisted surgery. This technique is similar to laparoscopic surgery, with small incisions on the abdomen. Some of the benefits of a
include greater precision and decreased pain after surgery.
Gallstone formation is the most common cause of gallbladder problems, which can lead top
. These stones are usually cholesterol deposits that typically form in the gallbladder, but can also move into the bile duct, a tube connecting the intestines to the gallbladder. The movement of the gallstones into the duct usually leads to blockage, and this condition makes the patient feel uncomfortable.
There are certain groups of people who are more susceptible to developing gallstones. The group includes overweight patients who are more than 40 years of age. Females with children are also at risk of developing gallstones. Gallstones are also still very common even in patients without these factors.
Gallbladder problems are not hard to detect. Several symptoms can be used as good predictors. Among the most common are the following:
There are both surgical (
) and non-surgical treatment options for gallbladder problems. These are described below.
Gallbladder removal or
is the most popular treatment for gallbladder problems, and provides the only definitive management option for patients. This method involves the complete removal of the gallbladder along with the stones present within it. The
, as mentioned previously, can be performed using either minimally invasive (laparoscopic or
) or open surgery.
Over the years, laparoscopic/
has become a preferred option for treating gallbladder problems. The reason for this is because the
offers several advantages, particularly the ones provided below.
Not everyone will be the right candidate for
, but it is very rare for a patient to need to have open surgery. It is important to be able to discuss this with a surgeon prior to an operation. Additionally, surgeons skilled in the robotic and laparoscopic surgical techniques will be able to offer this option more frequently to their patients.
is a convenient and straightforward procedure. It is usually conducted using the following steps.
is performed, patients will be administered with general anesthesia. The technique is done, so they don't feel any pain or discomfort caused by the procedure, and also to allow complete relaxation of the abdominal muscles for the planned surgery. Due to this step, the patient is asleep during the entire process and won't feel anything.
As soon as the surgeon has a clear picture of the patient's anatomy, he or she will then pass the necessary instruments through and operate. Eventually, the gallbladder will be taken out through one of the incisions made.
In some cases, a robot will assist the operation. In these situations, the surgery is performed the same way. The only difference is that the doctor will guide the robot instead of manipulating the instruments through the console.
Sometimes it will be necessary to perform an x-ray of the bile duct and gallbladder while the surgery is in progress. This technique is done so that the location of the gallstones can be pinpointed, and to evaluate for any stones that have passed into and are blocking the bile duct.
, the patient will generally be allowed to go home that same day. However, there are cases when the patient is not discharged immediately. Admission to the hospital is rarely necessary with minimally invasive surgery.